House Beautiful | Perfect Color Combinations in Connecticut

House Beautiful | Perfect Color Combinations in Connecticut

I must say the dismal drab grays and browns provided by our weather lately are not my favorite color combinations. So, today we are taking a sneak peek at a cheerful seaside house on the cover of March’s House Beautiful, where beachy colors set the tone for a fresh young redo.

Inspired by the shoreline locale, designer Lee Ann Thornton chose the perfect palette for her clients’ charming Dutch colonial in Old Greenwich. It certainly helped that their favorite color is blue but combining it with rich mahogany, driftwood neutrals and pops of purple and orange, the house is anchored in the colors of the natural world with accents like floral bouquets.…

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Pierre Frey Paris | Part 2

Pierre Frey Paris | Part 2

Continuing our look at the beautiful new Pierre Frey Paris collections, I thought you might enjoy seeing a bit more of the loft before we continued. I appreciate how display is so thoughtfully considered everywhere in Paris. Even this small spread was artfully created –  and yes, that is marshmallow with the pineapple – a combination I never would have imagined!

Old and new live happily together in this 16th century building. There is a tiny elevator that can carry one effortlessly up to the loft although the stairs offer the more enchanting view.

This fabulous light fixture looked perfect in the dining area.…

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BEHIND THE Q | Pierre Frey at Paris Deco Off

BEHIND THE Q | Pierre Frey at Paris Deco Off

In this era of corporate consolidation and luxury conglomerates, Pierre Frey is a breath of fresh air. While I have always been a fan of the fabrics, after attending a brunch at Pierre’s loft, below, during Paris Deco Off, I am now enamored with everything about this family owned firm. With a respect for French tradition mixed with a forward-looking global perspective, Frey’s dedication to quality, creation, authenticity and on a personal note, family, is unerring.

Before I share with you the beautiful new 2013 collection, let’s go BEHIND THE Q with the très charmant lead designer and President Patrick Frey, to learn a bit more about their history and focus.…

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Thank you Currey and Company

Thank you Currey and Company

Taking a break from Paris, I’d like to revisit Atlanta briefly to thank Currey & Company, who hosted me for a lovely cocktail reception in their newly expanded showroom.

With over 1,000 products, Currey had outgrown their 3,500 square feet but since doubling their space, they now have room to show all of their beautiful wares. From their signature lighting to furniture, upholstery, rugs, accessories and garden furniture (their faux bois line, below, is one of my favorites), the entire line is on display.

We sat in this charming vignette (with some additional seating), decked out in the color of the year and furnished with some of my favorite pieces including the Garbo Settees and chic gold leaf Delano coffee table.…

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Cole and Son Fornasetti II at Maison et Objet

Cole and Son Fornasetti II at Maison et Objet

Cole and Son has long been one of my favorite wallpaper lines so I was delighted to see their booth at Maison et Objet. And they did not disappoint with the debut of their fabulous new Fornasetti II wallpaper collection. With opportunities for wide ranging creative applications, the tradition of craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration at Cole and Son is well represented by this new group of fifteen fantastical designs.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Piero Fornasetti, the collection is overseen by son Barnaba who now heads the company, continuing his father’s legacy. You may have seen his Milan home, featured recently in ELLE DECOR.…

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A Taste of Paris Deco Off

A Taste of Paris Deco Off

In this fourth edition of Paris Deco Off, over 70 houses have participated in presenting their latest collections throughout the city. Welcoming visitors into their showrooms on the Rive Droite near Rue du Mail and the Rive Gauche in the Saint Germain de Près neighborhood, companies prepared stylishly so it was like a giant beautiful designed block party. The recognizable yellow banners flew frequently, indicating participants and where you could catch the shuttles back and forth across the Seine.

On the right bank, fabric houses each contributed a lantern made of their new collections. Together they formed a fantastic creative display down the street.…

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Hello from Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off

Hello from Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off

A quick bonjour to all of you from Paris as I write from my charming hotel room.

It’s been a hectic few days for all attending the Maison et Objet and Paris Decor Off shows here. A packed schedule with events and parties from dawn til dusk and an unexpected snow storm that has partially paralyzed the unsuspecting city, have kept everyone busy. There had been no time to compose a proper post but I wanted to share a little peek at some of what my camera has seen. There are beautiful new collections coming down the pike and amazing people and sources I’ve had a chance to meet and greet.…

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New Atlanta Digs for Mr. Brown

New Atlanta Digs for Mr. Brown

Several spaces at AmericasMart were celebrating expanded showrooms, including the always charming Mr. Brown. The stylish younger sibling of the distinguished Julian Chichester, Mr. Brown offers a youthful interpretation of the brand family’s updated English sensibility. While the parent line offers interpretations of classic 19th and 20th century designs with a contemporary twist, Mr. Brown follows up with more accessible price points and an accessories-rich collection.

High on my list was the new Bettina linen chest. A clever combination of traditional shape with updated choice of material and hardware, this handsome piece offers stylish storage with panache. And just to make things a bit more fun, the drawers are lined with the same fun Aztec stripe as below.…

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Suzanne Kasler in Buckhead

Suzanne Kasler in Buckhead

Although I am on my way to Paris, I wanted to fill you in a bit on my trip last week.  I was excited to travel to Atlanta not only to speak at AmericasMart but also to see a close friend who had moved there from Connecticut about eight years ago. After purchasing a house in the lovely Buckhead section of the city, she had the great foresight to hire Suzanne Kasler and her team to decorate. It has since been published and while you may recognize some of the rooms, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures I snapped during my stay.…

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SFERRA | The Luxury of Quality, Values and Style

SFERRA | The Luxury of Quality, Values and Style

If luxury is determined by value, quality and craftsmanship and the sign of true authenticity is a vision that has remained consistent over the course, then SFERRA is a company that embodies the quintessential essence of a luxury brand. Since 1891 when Gennaro Sferra started his luxury linens business in Venice, SFERRA has been synonymous with the highest quality linens available. And since purchasing the company from the Sferra family in 1977, president Paul Hooker has remained singularly focussed on providing the same level of excellence in uncompromising quality and value.

In Atlanta at AmericasMart last week, I was excited to get a first look at SFERRA’s offerings for the upcoming market.…

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